How to Leash Train a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy With Ease

how to leash train a miniature schnauzerHow to leash train a Miniature Schnauzer puppy can be a hard task for a first time dog owner. But, having had success with your first puppy, leash training any puppy is easy from then on.

To have your dog walk correctly on a leash is an important fact of life these days. With strict laws in most cities throughout the world, dogs are banned from walking freely on the streets. In other words, puppies and adult dogs must be controlled when walking outside their own property; therefore, the very valid reason for dog owners knowing how to train a dog to walk on a leash.

How to Leash Train a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy from the Start

Once a young puppy knows what a leash looks like it’s all go when he sees a leash in your hand. All puppies, including Miniature Schnauzer puppies, love the excitement of going for a walk. They don’t care about whether the walk is done correctly or not; all they care about is the fun of seeing new things and doing some exploring.

However, for the puppy’s owner, correctly training puppy to walk on a leash is of major importance as there is nothing more tiring than having a dog pulling on the leash, and pulling you along with it.

Even a small dog, such as a Miniature Schnauzer, can make outings a misery if they are not properly leash trained. Puppy may choose to walk in front of you, behind you, or just stop and refuse to go further. This behavior is most unpleasant and needs to be controlled while the puppy is young.

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Although the dog in this video is not a Miniature Schnauzer the leash training technique applies to all dog breeds.

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Be Clear About Who is Leading Who

As the owner of the puppy, it is important for you to learn quickly how to be a great Pack Leader. It is a dog’s natural instinct to follow the leader of the pack. If you don’t show your dog that you are the Pack Leader, he will take over the role himself and leave you struggling to deal with his bad behavior.

Training Puppy to Walk on His Leash

As previously mentioned, your puppy will get excited when he sees you have the leash in your hand. ‘WOW, we’re off for a walk – it’s time to jump around’ he thinks. Well, no, that’s not what you need. So how do you deal with his excitement?

  • To quieten your puppy down – ignore him. Be sure not to look him in the eye; just walk away and leave him to calm down. Do this as often as you need to until he sits quietly and lets you put the leash on his collar.
  • Having started on the walk you will need to make sure that your Miniature Schnauzer is walking in the direction that you want to go.
  • Your aim is to get puppy to walk beside you, not in front of you, or behind you,
  • Have the length of the leash adjusted correctly so that puppy has to walk at your side.
  • Above all else, remember that you are the Pack Leader and it is your place to stay in control.

Miniature Schnauzers are a very intelligent breed of dog and with correct training, your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will quickly respond to your commands. You will both be able to look forward to years of enjoyment walking together, exploring city and suburban streets as well as the open countryside.

4 thoughts on “How to Leash Train a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy With Ease”

  1. I have a 8 month old mini schnauzer and she just puts feet in front of her and stops and won’t walk until she feels like it! can you help me with her.


    • Hi Susan,

      It’s great to learn that you have a young mini schnauzer, but it’s not too good that she doesn’t want to walk. No doubt, this happens when you want to take her walking which entails using a leash.

      My first thoughts were that maybe her collar is causing discomfort with the leash attached. Meaning that some pressure could be caused between you holding the leash and her moving forward.

      If your puppy walks without any difficulty when the leash is not attached, then this problem could be caused by anxiety.

      The best I can suggest is to take a look at some free videos Dan has on his dog training website. I will include a link to Dan’s website, at the end of this comment. If you click on the link, the page you will see shows an image of a dog doing what you describe your mini schnauzer to be doing. The title of this image is ‘How to Get Your Dog To Choose To Follow You’ and it is one of the free videos. The video is definitely free of cost and could provide the answer you are looking for. Here is the link:

      I do hope you find this to be helpful.

      With best wishes,

  2. The free videos don’t offer any real information except advertise Doggy Dan’s membership site and to sign up to be a members.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for leaving your comment. The videos are of interest to many visitors to this website. With regard to membership, there is no membership offered from this website. The Doggy Dan programme offers the opportunity for expert dog training. There is free training available from Doggy Dan, or paid training for those who require it. There is no pressure to make a purchase.


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